ArtUp launches new podcast Artivism

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Artivism is a new podcast brought to you by ArtUp, a Memphis based organization with a mission to invest in creative entrepreneurs. Launching today, Artivism highlights the projects, careers, and contributions of artists and change makers both locally and nationally.


Hosted by Linda Steele, Founder and CEO of ArtUp, and powered by Kudzukian Network, the podcast presents a series of engaging interviews. Artivism explores how creativity has been used to challenge and transform long-standing ideas about equity, diversity, and inclusion.

“Artivism elevates the work and amplifies the voices of artists who are leading the charge to change society through art and activism,” said Linda Steele. “You’ll hear from painters, musicians, hip-hop artists, chefs and others who are all weaving social activism into their creative practice.”

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Upcoming Artivism episodes include:

Episode 5: In this episode, Artivism host Linda Steele gets to catch up with Lecolion Washington, the Executive Director at the Community Music School of Boston. Washington succeeded David Lapin, the Music Center’s Executive Director for a record-breaking 34 years. Washington’s advocacy for music as a means for social change moved him to co-found the PRIZM Ensemble, a Memphis-based organization that builds a diverse community through chamber music.

Episode 8: Based in New York City, Donna Walker-Kuhne of Walker International Communications Group, INC. has devoted her professional career to increasing the accessibility and connection to the arts by our Nation’s rapidly growing multicultural population. Walker-Kuhne is a veteran provider of multicultural marketing and group sales for over 18 Broadway productions, including the 2018 Tony Award winner, Once on This Island.

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Episode 13: 2017 TEDx Resident Tobacco Brown talks to Artivism about her practice, which lies at the intersection of environmental and restorative justice. Tobacco walks Linda through her creative mission to use “art as a tool for blight remediation and therapeutic healing” across the globe.
Stay tuned to Artivism for season two where our guests will include the Newark Business Hub team from Rutgers Newark; Fresh, Founder of the RichFresh brand out of Los Angeles; and the Sharktank funded teens from Angels and Tomboys and Mo’s Bows.

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“The podcast offers a window into the minds and motivations of some of society’s most creative agents of change,” said Larry Robinson, President and CEO of Kudzukian Networks. “At KUDZUKIAN, our driving mission is to provide a platform for gifted talent and unique content, like we have with Linda and Artivism. It goes without saying, Artivism’s best days are ahead!”


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